Should you go to Bluetooth Innovation Training?

A week ago I participated in Bluetooth Innovation Training in London. I went there mostly out of curiosity about Bluetooth Developer Studio. And Bluetooth SIG trainings at all.

What I liked most was Martin Woolley’s introductory talk on Bluetooth Low Energy. From the general idea behind BLE through its market potential to technological details. The level of details was interesting enough for someone knowing the topic. At the same time it was not too complicated for newbies.

Training parts by Martin were actually quite fun. I even felt sorry for him when most of the audience was indifferent to his cats slides. Come on, what kind of engineers ignore cute cats?

Martin also introduced Bluetooth Developer Studio — a tool that will significantly speed up your BLE development. Or so Bluetooth SIG claims. You can use it for code generation and testing of both virtual and real BLE devices. Taking part in the training gives you access to BDS beta so you can check it out for yourself. I’ll write a separate post on BDS soon.

Another thing covered was Nordic Semiconductor BLE chipsets. One of Nordic’s engineers talked about how to use nRF51 Series to develop BLE devices. And how they deal with BLE stack. He also presented Nordic’s BDS plug-in. I currently work on nRF51 and hope to check its code generation in one of my projects.

What I didn’t like was a fully marketing presentation by one of the sponsors. It had no value to me so forgive me for not even remembering the company name.

What you’ll get?

  • access to the Bluetooth Developer Studio limited beta program
nRF51 DK
  • nRF51 Development Kit
  • BluetoothPTS dongle to test physical devices against the Bluetooth Developer Studio.
  • full training material with nRF, Android Studio and Bluetooth Developer Studio examples

So, answering the initial question — should you go there?

Yes, if you know a bit about BLE (tiny bit should be enough). And you want to get some general understanding. Plus you’re interested in Bluetooth Developer Studio features.

Maybe, if you know absolutely nothing about BLE and want to know. Be prepared you may not follow everything during the training.

Maybe, if you are an experienced BLE developer. Most of the topics covered you already know. But if you want to get a look at BDS and its features — it’s worth trying.

No… well I’m not sure if there is a no-no group for this training. But if you are familiar with BLE and you can wait for the official release of BDS there may be a better way to spend your time.

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